Welcome to MARINA JACARÉ VILLAGE …., to Paraiba’s coastline,  and of course to Brazil.

welcome_marinaThe following informations are the result of compilations, translations and comments uttered by boaters who have been to Jacare and who have hugged the Brazilian coastline. They are only 100% valid if they are regularly updated, so feel welcome to our heading : “Comments”.
The entry of the Brazilian port of CABEDELO is situated on the extreme eastern point of South America .

“Jacare” (which means Alligator, although one would have a hard time meeting one in that area) is located at 2 miles from the commercial harbour of Cabedelo (07°02’S, 34°51W) in a shielded estuary of the Paraiba river. This stopover place has been passed on verbally since the early 70’s and is reputed to be quiet, with a well buoyed night and day channel. However, some of the lightbuoys might be out of service, so tempting to enter at night might be hazardous. Just make sure to hit the outer buoy first.

WAYPOINT’S list to access to Cabedelo and the mooring and marina of Jacare Yacht Village :


CBD 01 06°56,250’ S 34°48,600’W
CBD 02 06°56,280’ S 34°48,930’W
CBD 03 06°56,420’ S 34°49,300’W
CBD 04 06°56,540’ S 34°49,570’W
CBD 05 06°57,250’ S 34°50,520’W
CBD 06 06°57,920’ S 34°50’690’W
CBD07 06°58,800’S 34°50,220’W
CBD-F1 06°58,860’S 34°50,160’W
JCR 01 06°59,070’S 34°50,230’W
JCR 02 06°59,480’S 34°50,470’W
JCR03 07°00,280’S 34°50,920’W
JCR04 07°01,460’S 34°51,450W
JCR05 07°02,160’S 34°51,400’W
MARINA 07°02,00’S 34°51,000’W
Main Dock 07°02,117’S 34°51,357’W

CBD= cabedelo, JCR=jacare.


Tides timetable: http://maree.shom.fr/harbor/CABEDELO

The buoys are lit. The tag located in CBD07 is not visible and have no light. The mooring near CBD-F1 is not recommended or only for a short time, not comfortable, bad anchorage, noisy, no security for the dinghy. If you arrived at night you can anchor in front of the marina or (if it’s visible) go to the main dock, in day light go to the main dock.

The coast of this region allows sailing both in a N and S direction, although Southbound, between Cape Calcanhar (E of Fortaleza) and Olinda Lighttower (just N of Recife) might require a good deal of tacking for the best part of the year. Therefore, the shortest track between the Cape Verdes Islands or Cape Town, with or without a stop in Fernando de Noronha Island, is straight to Cabedelo. To go south afterwards, from there to Olinda lighthouse is barely 60 nm. Most people are motoring down.

Once past Olinda , it’s a piece of cake sailing all the way down to Salvador, Rio and even further down to Argentina if wished.

What should be avoided by all means is to go first to Fortaleza as the winds on that part of the coast are quite strong (20-25 knots) from the East coupled with a westbound current of 2 to 4 knots. This leg should be left for when going to the Caribbean.

Regarding Natal, where the holding is pretty poor and subject to a heavy tidal current, the small Yacht Club is in the center of the harbour basin. Not very well equipped to attend foreign yachts, they however rent mooring buoys on a daily fee basis; however, take care of a big steel ferryboat barge crossing the river, passing pretty close to the mooring area…

Finally, if Brazil destination is therefore an attractive alternative to the classical crossing to the Caribbean coming from Europe, it’s also a region with stable weather all-year, with no hurricanes, tropical depressions, tornados, tidal surges and earthquakes. The winds are regular from either the SE or NE with speeds between 8 et 20 knots.
The crossing between the Cape Verde Islands or Cape Town to Cabedelo are the shortest ocean crossing. Those options are more popular knowing that at the end ofr the trip you will be welcomed at the very friendly small marina, called Jacare Village, with some 40 pontoon moorings in a location reputed for its sunsets and green environment.